MG commits to BTCC return... but without Plato

MG confirmed this week that it plans to return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2015 with the MG6 GT and continue the successful partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering that saw MG lift the manufacturer’s championship in 2014.

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However the marque will do it with two new drivers after Sam Tordoff signed for West Surrey Racing, and two-time former champion Jason Plato also moving to another team.

Plato sets early pace at Silverstone

Jason Plato has set the fastest time in Free Practice One at Silverstone with a time of 58.614s. The two-time champion, who currently sits second in the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship standings, just edged out his main championship rivals to go fastest, with Honda Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden 0.081s behind in second and Colin Turkington third for eBay Motors 0.159s in arrears.

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Plato puts MG top of the Rock

MG's Jason Plato set the fastest time in the second free practice session ahead of this weekend's rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham.

He set a lap of 1:22.803 around the Northamptonshire circuit, to be nearly half a second faster than Andrew Jordan. The second MG of Sam Tordoff was third fastest, after he set the best time in this morning's earlier session.

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